Wednesday, March 08, 2006


Get Ugandan Orphans through school

We have decided to launch a long term fund raising project in 2006 and for the first time we are actively seeking the participation of our online customers and friends.

Awareness of many of the issues surrounding poverty in Africa was heightened in 2005 by the Live8 concerts and the Make Poverty History campaigns. In our particularly coffee focussed area of East Africa, the crisis is deepened by HIV / Aids infection which robs society of its most productive members often in their prime.

As Uganda enters it's third decade of relative political stability, nowhere else in the region is achieving more tangible results in educating young people and starting to reverse the tide. Children see the light with free primary education and are grasping at the chance to improve themselves and the future life of their communities.

But they still need a helping hand from us and their needs become more and more specific.

In 2002, Charlie and Debbie Massey's daughter, Lisa, taught in a school in Iganga as part of her gap year before going to Medical school, and Lisa's experiences have inspired our association with a "cause" for 2006 and the foreseeable future. Succinctly we want to help those kids who have a thirst for knowledge and education to continue their education through secondary school, which remains mostly fee-paying in rural Uganda. The group we want to help most of all are HIV / Aids orphans, who are often trapped at the age of 12 or 13 into working to support younger siblings or elderly relatives rather than continuing their education. Girls can easily find themselves embroiled in child prostitution rather than their maths homework.

With our "Get Ugandan Orphans through School" fund raising we can begin to make a real difference, by sponsoring individual children through their four years of secondary education. Sponsoring one child for one term costs only £13.00 and we have made it easy to do via our online coffee store.

Please help if you feel you can.

More details of the project we have associated with are available on the Uganda Villages Project main website.

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